Orange Is The New Black star Natasha Lyonne is an expert at breaking the ice at holiday parties.
“I like walking up to people and being like [N.Y. accent] ‘oh hey, you’re pretty good looking. Where’s that from?,’” the good-natured actress, 34, jokes this week during the Gotham Independent Film Awards held at Cipriani Wall Street.
“Or ‘oh, what’s that, cashmere?’ [touches arm/shirt] ‘Oh yeah, let me touch that cashmere. That’s high-quality cashmere.’ I do a lot of that. That’s usually how I get to know strangers—get inappropriately touchy. Once they’ve experienced the awkwardness of you being way too close for comfort, after that, it all gets easy.”
She adds, “Also, I always find ‘what was most painful about your childhood?’ to be a terrific ice breaker.” What’s the biggest misconception about her? “I don’t know,” she tells me. “It’s probably all true. Let’s face it. I’m an open book.”
What’s the biggest misconception about her?
“I don’t know,” she tells me. “It’s probably all true. Let’s face it. I’m an open book.”
Clea and Natasha Lyonne at HBO’s Post 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Reception in Los Angeles, CA, on 9/22/13.
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